All thanks to Daniel Cormier and UFC 206, former two division champion Conor McGregor relinquished his featherweight title last week. Just to make the upcoming UFC event more interesting. So while Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis are surely ecstatic with the news, the Notorious is surely brooding somewhere, thinking of something brilliant to say.
In the meantime, the rest of the MMA world have already shared their thoughts on the events that have transpired. Which all stem from the announcement below.
Coach John Kavanagh kept mum about the UFC’s decision, sharing a photo to make people know how he feels.
Some fighters like Aljamain Sterling took the chance to jab at the current featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Lets taco-bout it. So is Jose Aldo happy to hear the news that Conor has been stripped of the title & hes now "Champ" again @EliasTheodorou
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) November 27, 2016
Elias Theodorou is also a little perplexed by the predicament.
So, if Conor relinquishes the belt, and Aldo is champ, why is there an interim title? Ugh. #UFCMelbourne
— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) November 27, 2016
But some are really looking forward to the bout between Pettis and Holloway.
Two guys who really deserve a big opportunity 👏🏽 https://t.co/TX8NQrA7kh
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) November 27, 2016
Especially Pettis and Holloway themselves.
— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) November 27, 2016
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) November 27, 2016
Conor McGregor relinquished title; Some analysts not happy
Meanwhile, some analysts are also disappointed with the news that Conor McGregor relinquished his title. Especially the way the belt was taken from him.
“It’s the timing that explains the why behind it all, and it’s the why that drives home the ridiculousness of the UFC’s decision,” said Ben Fowlkes of MMA Junkie. “If the UFC had decided to take McGregor’s featherweight title away right after he won the lightweight belt, that’d make some degree of sense. The sad thing is, it’s not going to work.”
Others, like Matt Connolly of Forbes, on the other hand, think that the UFC’s decision is warranted, given the lengthy time that McGregor has not defended his title.
“To be fair, they are well within their rights,” wrote Connolly. “McGregor failing to defend his 145-pound title for 18 months — the reality they were facing with the double-champ out until May — certainly warrants stripping him.”
But even if Conor McGregor relinquished his title, the UFC may still need an entire army to pry it from his cold dead hands.
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